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Thailand's Supreme Court Judges Visit BU Law

BU Law’s American Law LL.M. program attracts a number of prominent students from around the globe, including recent graduate Judge Thanarak Naowarat (LL.M.'07), who traveled a staggering 8,500 miles from his native home of Thailand to study at Boston University School of Law. On Friday, May 4, 2007, he welcomed some company to the School who had made this same trek: the Justices and delegation of the Supreme Court of Thailand. 

The Thai judges were on a tour of several American law schools to determine where they may send judges for further training. “I hope that in the future, [the judges] will expand their training programs to BU Law…. I have gotten a lot of experience at the School,” said Naowarat. He personally invited the Thai judges to meet with BU Law professors during their stay in Boston. Professors Pnina Lahav, Robert Bone and Stanley Fisher warmly welcomed the visitors, which included the secretary-general of the Office of the Judiciary and the Office of the President judge of the Supreme Court.

The two groups spoke for almost an hour, comparing notes on the two very different legal systems. “Our discussion ranged from the history and organization of Thai courts to the representation of women on the Thai bench, which apparently is a considerably higher percentage than we have in the U.S.,” said Professor Fisher. 

“After the meeting, the professors told me they were very impressed with and interested in the Thai legal system,"said Naowarat. "These professors would be a delight to cooperate with if we establish a more definite plan [to send judges to] BU.”

Reported by Elizabeth Ress